from the Editors
Natalie Wolf has joined the editorial team at One Sentence Poems. In addition to reading and voting on submissions, Natalie is posting the poems on the website.
Natalie is from Kansas, where she enjoys writing poetry and fiction and thinking about cats. Her poetry has appeared in Right Hand Pointing, I-70 Review, and Live Ideas. For more of her stuff and things, see here.
Our thanks and welcome to Natalie!
Dale, Tony, & Liz
In the Schoolhouse
A summer bee bumbles through
the window as we sit, a one-room
Sunday school, in the schoolhouse
where my father stood
with his cousin-best-friend
and stared hard at the camera,
tough at ten, in the schoolhouse
where my grandfather learned
8th grade arithmetic, then left
to start his life as a farmer-carpenter
on land 500 yards from the schoolhouse
that his grandfather built–that august immigrant
who left his homeland just in time to fight
a civil war in his new one, who missed
the birth of my great-grandfather
while surviving the Battle of Nashville–
back in 1894 for $289.00, so that
generations later, I can sit
at a wooden desk, tracing the ancient
carvings of pocket knives, memorizing
“Beautiful Savior,” decorating egg carton
crosses with plastic posies
pilfered from the next-door neighbor
graves of my ancestors.
Educator and poet Lynn Aprill’s poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets calendar, Bramble, Pure Slush, and in her upcoming chapbook Channeling Matriarchs with Finishing Line Press.
Mary Armao McCarthy
I stood in a pool of time
waiting for the days to evaporate,
and when they had
I could not remember
the feel of the water.
Mary Armao McCarthy is a writer and past president of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild whose work has been scattered through print and online publications for several decades.
An Old Monk
His straw hat
is the full moon
rounding the world
with his bamboo flute.
Robert Witmer, a longtime resident of Japan, is a partially retired professor and poet, who combines a love of family and verse with a passion for petanque and the great outdoors.
Love and Laundry
A profound futility,
infinite and smothering,
piled and shoved
in every corner of my being,
Rebecca Cohen is a researcher and toddler wrangler in Austin, TX.
scrawled in pencil
on a scrap of paper
stuck in the jamb
and I understood
you meant your heart.
Three-time nominee for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, artist, poet, and freelance writer J.I. Kleinberg makes poems in verdant Bellingham, Washington, and can be found on Instagram @jikleinberg.
Quiet, like darkness,
like the last of the white rhinos,
Jannie Edwards writes from Edmonton, Alberta, where the coyotes and ravens are becoming bolder.
Eating Hospital Pancakes with an Exposed Nerve in my Front Tooth After a Fatal Car Accident
It tasted like electricity
from a hanging
and I believe what I was tasting
was the soft remnants of life,
as all we eat
is the once-plump hearts
of beheaded crops
and the warm memories
of what we believe food to be.
Lisa Mottolo is a poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Santa Clara Review, Typishly, Counterclock Journal, and others.